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Doctor insights on: Elevated Triglycerides And Cancer Diagnosis

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Does the medication tricor (fenofibrate) for high triglycerides increase risk of colon cancer?

Does the medication tricor (fenofibrate) for high triglycerides increase risk of colon cancer?

No: There were concerns decades ago about Clofibrate but they came to nothing. I searched the nih database for the past 20 years and found nothing, and it makes no sense biologically. If it did, the research piranhas would have grabbed it up -- it's all about trying to discover and prove something. The fibrates have saved many, many lives and i would not be concerned. ...Read more

Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more


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What's the titre of ANA found in those who have elevated levels due to cancer?

What's the titre of ANA found in those who have elevated levels due to cancer?

It's not: It's exceptional for the ANA to be up secondary to cancer; most often these patients have obvious paraneoplastic polymyositis / dermatomyositis. There's a huge amount of garbage on "pop" medical sites about "everything causes an elevated ANA". The truth is that plenty of people have high ANA titers without anything at all ever being wrong with them. I'm hoping this is you. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Are longterm elevated stress levels linked to cancer?

Are longterm elevated stress levels linked to cancer?

Stress and cancer: No strong evidence that stress causes any cancer. However , those who attempt to manage their stress with risky behaviors such as smoking or drinking alcohol- can increase the risk to have cancer related to their behavior. Also, from experimental studies- it's suggested that stress can affect a tumor’s ability to grow and spread. Emotional and social support can help cope with psychological stress. ...Read more

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If cancer was to cause elevated ferritin levels, how high would the levels get?

If cancer was to cause elevated ferritin levels, how high would the levels get?

Depends: It depends on the type of cancer. The highest levels are seen in an uncommon entity called hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis. You may consult this site for more information on this entity. http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/healthlibrary/conditions/hematology_and_blood_disorders/hemophagocytic_lymphohistiocystosis_134,212/ ...Read more

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Over past two yrs my lipase has been slightly elevated by 20 points or less. Now it's 40 points elevated. Does this mean it's cancer?

Over past two yrs my lipase has been slightly elevated by 20 points or less. Now it's 40 points elevated. Does this mean it's cancer?

Not a reliable test: Lipase is not a particularly useful test. So my question to you is... why did you get it checked in the first place? Have you had any elevation of Amylase or any history of Acute Pancreatitis?? If you give us your medical history we can be more helpful to you. ...Read more

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My CRP levels are mildly elevated. Is that a sign of cancer?

My CRP levels are mildly elevated.  Is that a sign of cancer?

Mostly likely not: A CRP can be a marker for inflammation. Although a CRP can be elevated with cancer, a CRP is very very non-specific. So it would be premature to jump to the conclusion that you have cancer. ...Read more

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If you have an elevated psa, what are the odds that it's cancer?

If you have an elevated psa, what are the odds that it's cancer?

High, get checked.: If this is your first result showing high blood psa, you should see your doctor to get worked up to be sure it isn't prostate cancer. Other things, like prostate hypertrophy, can give high psa, but there are different results on dre (digital rectal exam) than cancer. The prostate would be firm, smooth, and rubbery, not rough and irregular. But you don't know unless you get checked, so see dr. ...Read more

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I was just told i have an elevated positive ana level (1/80) should i be concerned about cancer?

No: All laboratory results need to be interpreted in the clinical context and the doctor who ordered the tests is usually in the best position to do that. Having said that an ANA of 1/80 in of itself is not worrisome. Do you have any symptoms? Were other tests done, if yes, what were the results. ANA is not a marker for cancer. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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Do elevated basophils by themselves indicate cancer of the blood or must other factors and test results coincide with the basophilia?

Need more info: All laboratory results need to be interpreted in the clinical context and the doctor who ordered the tests is usually in the best position to do that. Having said that, it would have helped to have the actual results. In short, high basophil count is not diagnostic of cancer. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Drink enough water daily so that your urine is mostly colorless. Practice safe sex. ...Read more

Triglyceride (Definition)

are crucially important, energy-dense, poorly-water-soluble molecules made of 3 fat molecules attached to a glycerol backbone. They are made by all animals, including humans http://goo.gl/H7mItd, mostly in the liver, as a way of storing energy & transported within fat carrying proteins (lipoproteins). Production & storage ↑es on sugar/carbohydrate LFHC foods driving ↑ LDL-P & ...Read more